Prevention of disease with food and Jin Shin Jyutsu

Right now I have an offer for people to come and try out treatments, and I have had some new clients, and two of them were actually quite healthy, which made me really happy. The first time I meet a client, I ask them quite a lot of questions, to find out what they need help with, and to (maybe) find out why they are in that condition they are at the moment.
So, these two were quite healthy, and in asking all these questions some things came up – they were really mindful about what they were eating, and they were trying to prevent diseases before they were happening, instead of taking care of the diseases when they actually had been manifested in the body…
So, eating right is never wrong 🙂 and it’s never to late to change those habits!
And it’s really good to take care of yourself, when small things occurs in your body, do something about them, before they turn in to big things – and that is where Jin Shin Jyutsu is such a great method, you can help yourself by doing selfhelp 🙂

About the food to eat, you can come a long way by just stop eating gluten/wheat, dairyproducts and sugar, and use food with the least amount of ingredientslist, as in cooking everything yourself from “raw ingredients”…

And about selfhelp – here’s a link to where you can buy selfhelp books really cheap:

Healthy food hunting in Los Angeles

And I found some interesting kale chips at Trader Joe’s, and seaweed chips at Whole Foods, it’s nice to find healthy alternatives – sometimes I try to make chips like that at home, but haven’t been very successful yet, I will use those chips as an inspiration to try again 🙂

this is the hotel where I’m staying right now, I will move further up in town when the class with Sadaki starts, to get a little closer to where the venue is located




In Los Angeles now :)

It was a long traveling day today, everything went well, except that they didn’t get my booking for a gluten free meal at Air France – but it worked out really well anyway, they had some nice food in business class which I could get instead – and the food on a french airline is much better tha on other airlines 🙂
And I had a change of flights in Paris, which meant that I could get something to eat there as well – I was able to get a lentil salad with artichokes, green peas, and other healthy stuff, and they also had a lot of glutenfree options at the airport. Much better than the usual hamburger, fries, and pizzas that are the common options!
Going to spend three days more in LA just hanging out, before the class with Sadaki Kato starts on Monday – the weather is quite nice, I brought some shorts, which I hope to be able to use!

On my way to Los Angeles and Sadaki Kato’s JSJ class

Traveling today, from Stockholm via Paris to Los Angeles – going to spend a few days in LA before the class starts (Monday) – I am looking forward to the class very much, it will be exciting!
Here is the flyer about his class:
Kato jpeg

Kato jpeg 2









There’s another class coming up in September, in Asheville, North Carolina, if you have a chance to participate in his class I’m sure it will be well worth it! Here’s the information about his classes:

Jin Shin Jyutsu video with Robin McKay

Here are the words on the youtube page about the video:

Publicerades den 16 feb. 2015

Robin McKay, Jin Shin Jyutsu Facilitator, explains what JSJ is, how it works and who benefits from the treatment. This short video helps to answer any questions a person might have who is unfamiliar with Jin Shin Jyutsu and is interested in getting treatment.

Robin works a lot with Jin Shin Jyutsu on animals – you can find more information about Robin here:
here’s a podcast at this website, where you can hear Robin talk about her work.

And here’s her website, you can find her in Canada:

6 Reasons Why Gluten May be Bad For You

OK, here we go again – I stopped eating gluten around 5-6 years ago, it’s one of the better things I have done for my health 🙂

By Kris Gunnars

Awareness of the negative health effects of gluten has increased in the past few years.

One 2013 survey shows that a third of Americans are actively trying to eliminate gluten from their diets.

But gluten-free is more than just the latest fad… there are multiple studies showing that gluten can cause harmful effects.

Here are 6 reasons to avoid gluten.

1. Celiac Disease is on The Rise and Most People Remain Undiagnosed

Gluten is a protein composite found in several types of grains, including wheat, spelt, rye and barley.

Gluten consists of two proteins… gliadin and glutenin. It is the gliadin part that people react negatively to.

When flour is mixed with water, gluten forms a sticky cross-linked network of proteins, giving elastic properties to dough and allowing bread to rise when baked (1).

Actually, the name gluten is derived from these glue-like properties.

When gluten reaches the digestive tract and is exposed to the cells of the immune system, they mistakenly believe that it is coming from some sort of foreign invader, like a bacteria.

In certain people who are sensitive to gluten, this causes the immune system to mount an attack against it.

In celiac disease (the most severe form of gluten sensitivity), the immune system attacks the gluten proteins, but it also attacks an enzyme in the cells of the digestive tract called tissue transglutaminase.

Therefore, gluten exposure in celiacs causes the immune system to attack both the gluten as well as the intestinal wall itself. For this reason, celiac disease is classified as an autoimmune disease.

The immune reaction can cause degeneration of the intestinal wall, which leads to nutrient deficiencies, various digestive issues, anemia, fatigue, failure to thrive as well as an increased risk of many serious diseases.

Celiac disease is believed to afflict about 1% of people, but it may be more common (over 2%) in the elderly (234). There are also studies showing that the rate of celiac disease is increasing rapidly in the population (56).

Keep in mind that a large percentage of celiacs don’t even have abdominal symptoms, making diagnosis on clinical grounds very difficult.

The symptoms might manifest themselves in different ways, like fatigue, anemia… or something much worse, like a doubled risk of death in several studies (78).

According to one study, over 80% of people with celiac disease don’t even know that they have it (9).

Bottom Line: Celiac disease currently afflicts about 1% of the population, but the prevalence is increasing. 80% of people with celiac disease are unaware of it.

2. Gluten Sensitivity is Much More Common and Can Also Have Serious Consequences

Bread Caution

You don’t need to have full-blown celiac disease to have adverse reactions to gluten.

There is another disorder called gluten sensitivity (or gluten intolerance), which is much more common.

Although there is no clear definition of gluten sensitivity, it basically means having some sort of adverse reaction to gluten and an improvement in symptoms on a gluten-free diet.

If you have adverse reactions to gluten, but celiac disease is ruled out, then it is called non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

In non-celiac gluten sensitivity, there is no attack on the body’s own tissues. However, many of the symptoms are similar to those in celiac disease, including bloating, stomach pain, fatigue, diarrhea, as well as pain in the bones and joints.

Unfortunately… because there is no clear way of diagnosing gluten sensitivity, reliable numbers on how common it is are impossible to find.

There are two sources showing that up to 6-8% people may have gluten sensitivity, based on anti-gliadin antibodies found in the blood (1011).

However, one gastroenterologist found that 11% of people had antibodies against gluten in their blood and 29% of people had antibodies against it in stool samples (12).

About 40% of people carry the HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8 genes, which make people susceptible to gluten sensitivity (13).

Given that there is no clear definition of gluten sensitivity, or a good way to diagnose it, the only true way of knowing is by eliminating gluten temporarily from your diet, then reintroducing it to see if you have symptoms.

Bottom Line: Gluten sensitivity is much more common than celiac disease, also leading to multiple adverse effects. However, there is no clear way of diagnosing it yet.

3. Gluten May Cause Adverse Effects, Even in People Who Don’t Have Gluten Sensitivity

There are also studies showing that individuals with neither celiac disease nor diagnosed gluten sensitivity have adverse reactions to gluten.

Young Man Eating Bread

In one of these studies, 34 individuals with irritable bowel syndrome were randomized to either a gluten-containing or a gluten-free diet.

The group on the gluten-containing diet had more pain, bloating, stool inconsistency and fatigue compared to the other group (14).

There are also studies showing that gluten can cause inflammation in the intestine and a degenerated intestinal lining (1516).

Gluten may also have negative effects on the barrier function of the intestine, allowing unwanted substances to “leak” through into the bloodstream (17181920).

However, according to one study, this “leakiness” of the gut only happens in celiac patients (21).

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) involves various digestive issues with an unknown cause, afflicting about 14% of people in the U.S. According to the studies above, some cases of IBS may be either caused or exacerbated by gluten (222324).

Although this needs to be studied a lot more, it seems very clear that many more people than just celiac patients react negatively to gluten (252627).

Bottom Line: Several studies show that individuals (especially IBS patients) who don’t have diagnosed gluten sensitivity can have adverse reactions to gluten.

4. Many Brain Disorders Are Associated With Gluten and Patients See Dramatic Improvements on a Gluten-Free Diet


Even though gluten primarily works its “magic” in the gut, it can also have severe effects on the brain.

Many cases of neurological illness may be caused and/or exacerbated by gluten consumption. This is called gluten-sensitive idiopathic neuropathy.

In a study of patients with neurological illness of an unknown cause, 30 of 53 patients (57%) had antibodies against gluten in the blood (28).

The main neurological disorder believed to be at least partly caused by gluten is cerebellar ataxia, a serious disease of the brain that involves an inability to coordinate balance, movements, problems talking, etc.

It is now known that many cases of ataxia are directly linked to gluten consumption. This is called gluten ataxia and involves irreversible damage to the cerebellum, a part of the brain that is important in motor control (29).

Many studies show strong statistical associations between gluten consumption, gluten sensitivity and cerebellar ataxia (3031). There is also a controlled trial showing that ataxia patients improve significantly on a gluten-free diet (32).

There are several other brain disorders that respond well to a gluten-free diet:

  • Schizophrenia: A subset of schizophrenia patients sees massive improvements by removing gluten (333435).
  • Autism: Several studies suggest that people with autism see improvements in symptoms on a gluten-free diet (3637).
  • Epilepsy: There are several reports of patients with epilepsy improving significantly when removing gluten (383940).If you have any neurological problems and your doctor doesn’t have a clue what is causing them… then it makes sense to try removing gluten from your diet.

    Bottom Line: Several disorders of the brain respond well to a gluten-free diet, including autism, schizophrenia and a rare form of epilepsy.

    5. Wheat Gluten May be Addictive

    Shocked Woman Eating Bread

    There are many people who believe that wheat may be addictive.

    Getting unnatural cravings for things like bread or donuts is very common.

    Even though this is far from being proven, there are some studies suggesting that gluten may have addictive properties

    When gluten is broken down in a test tube, the peptides that are formed can activate opioid receptors (41).

    These peptides (small proteins) are called gluten exorphins.

    Exorphin = peptide that is not formed in the body, that can activate opioid receptors in the brain.

    Given that gluten may cause increased permeability in the intestine (at least in celiac patients), some believe that these exorphins can find their way into the bloodstream, then reaching the brain and causing addiction.

    Gluten exorphins have been found in the blood of celiac patients (42).

    There is also some evidence from animal studies that these opioid-like peptides derived from gluten can make it into the brain (434445).

    It is well known in various food addiction circles that wheat is one of the most addictive foods there are (right after sugar).

    This doesn’t prove anything of course, but it’s something to keep in mind.

    Bottom Line: Many people report getting unnatural cravings for wheat and there is some evidence of gluten having opioid-like effects. However, this is definitely not proven and is mostly speculation at this point.

    6. Gluten is Associated With Autoimmune Diseases

    Toast With Margarine

    Autoimmune diseases are caused by the immune system attacking things that are found naturally in the body.

    There are many types of autoimmune diseases that affect various organ systems.

    All of them combined afflict about 3% of the population (4647).

    Celiac disease is one type of autoimmune disease and celiac patients are at a drastically increased risk of getting other autoimmune diseases as well (48).

    Many studies have found strong statistical associations between gluten, celiac disease and various other autoimmune diseases, including Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Type 1 Diabetes, Multiple sclerosis and various others (495051).

    Additionally, celiac disease is associated with a ton of other serious diseases, many of which have nothing to do with digestion.

    Bottom Line: Studies show strong statistical association between gluten, celiac disease and various autoimmune diseases.

    Eliminate Gluten For 30 Days

    Of course, it is far from being definitively proven that gluten causes harm in a large percentage of people and that most people would do best by avoiding it.

    This area is in desperate need of some more research. However, the evidence that we DO have is pretty damning.

    Until more research is done, I think the cautionary principle should apply… why eat something that is likely to cause harm, when you could eat something else instead that definitely won’t harm you?

    Also keep in mind that wheat (the unhealthiest grain, by far) can be problematic for many reasons, some of which have nothing to do with the gluten.

    At the end of the day, the only way to know if you should avoid gluten or not, is to remove it from your diet, then reintroduce it and see if you get symptoms.

    If you completely eliminate gluten for 30 days (no cheating), then eat a meal with gluten and experience adverse effects, then you probably have gluten sensitivity and should make a serious effort to avoid it.

    If you have any mysterious health issues, then you owe it to yourself to try a gluten-free diet for 30 days. You have nothing to lose.

    Update: Since doing more research, I have realized that it may be mostly the modern type of wheat that is harmful, not all gluten containing grains. See here: Modern Wheat – Old Diet Staple Turned Into a Modern Health Nightmare

Information about Jin Shin Jyutsu organizers in Netherlands and Belgium

There was a message at Facebook from John and Jolanda – I used google translate, this is how the message turned out – I’m posting the message in the original language below the English translation – I’m not sure what some of the original sentences meant, so I haven’t changed the somewhat awkward translation…

Dear all
Here just an update of Jin Shin Jyutsu Netherlands and Belgium
Seen 2015 dedicated to collaboration and connection we want to lose the next to you.

There are 5 organizers in NL and BE.

GHENT: Hans, Leen and Jurgen
HOUTHALEN/HELCHTEREN (formerly GENK): Maurice and Roberte

Rotterdam: Straw

Look for phone no’s and mail addresses on the site.

John does for these organizers the booklets and the website By personal circumstances and the death of John are webmaster is this site no longer updated but also no longer in use.

I have a couple of years ago created a website where all courses of the benelux on stand

That is why John and I decided to work together.
We do for the Netherlands and Belgium the booklets and the website

Here you can find all the information about the courses, profession, etc.
Important question:
Also we would one of you like to know who else is on the site would stand as a practitioner, who is self help courses and who is flow evenings gives. and whether all your data and email address is correct. Or if you NO longer want to receive mail. Please let us know.

Then we can for very NL and BE mapping where what to do.

Also, please consult with us mail address lost

In this way, we hope Jin Shin Jyutsu better identify at all.
and we hope for a better collaboration for everyone

with loving greetings
John and Jolanda
Be the smile and have fun

Lieve allemaal

Hier even een update van Jin Shin Jyutsu Nederland en Belgie

Gezien 2015 in het teken staat van samenwerken en verbinding willen we het volgend aan jullie kwijt.

Er zijn 5 organisatoren in NL en BE.
Te weten:

GENT: Hans, Leen en Jurgen
HOUTHALEN/HELCHTEREN (voorheen GENK): Maurice en Roberte


Voor’s en mail adressen kijk even op de site.

John doet voor deze organisatoren de boekjes en de website Door persoonlijke omstandigheden en het overlijden van John zijn webmaster is deze site niet meer bijgewerkt maar ook niet meer in gebruik.

Ik heb een paar jaar geleden een website gemaakt waar alle cursussen van de benelux op staan

Daarom hebben John en ik besloten om samen te gaan werken.
Wij doen voor nederland en belgie de boekjes en de website

Hier kun je alle informatie vinden over de cursussen, beoefenaren enz.
Belangrijke vraag:
Ook zouden we van jullie graag willen weten wie er nog op de site wilt staan als beoefenaar, wie er zelfhulp cursussen geeft en wie er door stroom avonden geeft. en of al je gegevens en email adres nog klopt. Of als je GEEN mail meer wilt ontvangen. Laat ons alsjeblieft weten.

Dan kunnen we voor heel NL en BE in kaart brengen waar wat te doen is.

Ook vragen kun je kwijt bij ons onder mail adres

Op deze manier hopen we Jin Shin Jyutsu beter in kaart te brengen bij iedereen.
en hopen we op een beter samenwerking voor iedereen

met liefdevolle groet
John en Jolanda
Wees de Glimlach en heb Plezier

PS stuur dit bericht alsjeblieft door

Jin Shin Jyutsu på Harmonimässan i Solna 28-29/3

Har precis bokat en plats för att vara med och marknadsföra Jin Shin Jyutsu på Harmonimässan i Solna, helgen 28-29 mars, vi har inte bestämt än om vi ska erbjuda provbehandlingarna gratis, eller om vi ska ta betalt – tar vi betalt så blir det i alla fall väldigt billigt! Så kom dit och sök upp oss, och passa på att få en behandling! Vi som ska vara med på mässan är Helene Iliste, Anita Westöö, Claire Boelhouwers, och möjligen ett par till, återkommer om det när jag vet mer.
Här är länken med mer information om Harmonimässan:

Jag ska också ta med mig självhjälpsböcker man kan få köpa för en billig penning, dom är på engelska, men är väldigt lättfattliga, och har mycket illustrationer så man förstår hur man ska göra. Här är mer information om dom böckerna:
Bok 1

Bok 2

Bok 3

Fun with Happy Hands (en bok för barn)


A good Jin Shin Jyutsu day

Yesterday was a really good day for JSJ for me – I met the JSJ organizer from Barcelona, Olga Alicia, in Paris last June, at the organizers meeting there, and she is visiting Sweden at the moment, and yesterday she was hanging out with me. We exchanged treatments and talked a lot, and today her plan is to meet the JSJ organizer in Uppsala, Claire Boelhouwers.

And then there were three new clients coming to see me, all were really happy about the treatment, and all of them booked another session next week, so all is well 🙂

And, in just a week I will fly to Los Angeles, to participate in Sadaki Kato’s 5 day class, I’m looking forward to that class! Hope to see some of you there! And if you can’t make it to Los Angeles, you have another opportunity in Asheville, NC, in September, here’s the information about his classes:

Update and clarification about the JSJ Certification Program

This is what it says on the website about the new Certification program:

Dear Jin Shin Jyutsu friends and colleagues,

Our recent announcement of the new Jin Shin Jyutsu Certification program has generated an amazing response. Thanks everyone for your interest, enrollments, questions and concerns. We’re very grateful for your support and enthusiasm, and to those of you who took the time to share your questions and concerns. We’ll do our best to address some of your questions and concerns here.

Developing the certification program has been an enormous undertaking for us and has taken well over a year of hard work. It began when two private donors whose lives were deeply touched by Jin Shin Jyutsu gave a grant to the Atlantic Health System in Morristown, NJ to bring Jin Shin Jyutsu more substantially into the health care system. Both donors experienced unique benefits from Jin Shin Jyutsu not only in their health and well being but in their lives in general, and they wanted to support Jin Shin Jyutsu and help it grow and flourish. Atlantic Health recognized that what was most needed was a certification program.

Why a certification program? There already is a long history of Jin Shin Jyutsu classes being hosted at Morristown Hospital. Our instructors have taught many 5-day seminars, Now Know Myself classes, Special Topic Classes, and Living the Art classes there. However these classes did not technically confer certification on the students and practitioners who attended them, so the mandate of the grant was to create a program that could do so by meeting current professional standards.

After seeing a few of the comments and questions received over the past few days, we’d like to clarify this issue of certification for the Jin Shin Jyutsu community. Mary Burmeister and the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute (also known as Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc) have always given students and practitioners a Certificate of Attendance. Our classes technically fall into the category of what is termed a Certificate program, which is not the same as a Certification program.

Because of the way we conduct our training students have received certificates of attendance and this distinction has been posted on our website ( Please click on the following link and scroll down to FAQ )and in the Guidelines for Students document (formerly the Professional Practices letter) for many years. The training we offer does not include assessment of knowledge or skills, two essential components of the certification process. Our 5-day seminars today are taught in the style that Mary created when she first started teaching. There has never been an assessment component in our classes. This is not uncommon among other light touch therapy modalities, most of which do not certify their students.

Atlantic Health System (AHS) has been a forerunner in incorporating integrative medicine into the healthcare system. Many Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioners have been working in the AHS hospitals for years, and there has been an evident need for additional specialized training. As the field of integrative medicine continues to grow and become more mainstream, there is an increasing demand for trained alternative practitioners to work in health care settings. This means more standardization and regulation. We are aware that many practitioners will not want to work in this sort of setting but we want to support those that do.

The new curriculum in the certification program has been developed in a format that follows current guidelines for adult continuing education programs. We developed learning objectives, assessments, and a practicum that would meet the standards of the more rigorous continuing education programs. Participants will be learning Jin Shin Jyutsu in a format different from the 5-day seminars.

This new format will also give Jin Shin Jyutsu a broader platform to be recognized as a valid integrative healthcare modality. This will prove especially valuable as more holistic and alternative approaches are examined and evaluated by the integrative medical field.

The Scottsdale office and Jin Shin Jyutsu faculty have also been concerned about the rapidly shifting landscape of issues and challenges affecting health care, and specifically the new state laws defining massage therapy and regulating touch. In some states it is now illegal to practice Jin Shin Jyutsu without a massage license. There needs to be a long-range plan to protect Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioners, and one part of the plan involves developing clear and well-defined professional standards within our profession. If we do not create such standards of professionalism, it’s likely that outside agencies will step in and impose standards upon us. This may happen anyway, but we feel it is in our best interest to be proactive.

The certification we are going to offer through the new certification program is not the same as a license. Each Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner (whether certified or not) must continue to comply with the laws in their state, county, and city. That might mean that they cannot practice legally without a massage license, for instance. Some health care settings may insist upon a practitioner being certified, while others may not. There is no general standard at this point – but it is coming.

The challenge for the team charged with creating the certification program in Morristown was to create a compact program that would comply with the current guidelines and standards of continuing adult education and offer it to everyone – no prior Jin Shin Jyutsu experience necessary. If the program is viable over a period of three years or so, it has the potential to be expanded to other parts of the country and world. There are many creative and exciting ideas being generated about just what this expansion might look like, but first this program needs to get up and running and prove itself. It is new! Our instructors and staff are all on a learning curve too.

We consider the past and current training offered by the Mary Burmeister Institute to be the standard and the heart of Jin Shin Jyutsu training worldwide. It is offered in a way that reaches the greatest number of students in the communities where they live throughout the world. Our 5-day seminars, Special Topic classes, Living the Art and Now Know Myself classes are offered through a variety of perspectives providing the students with diverse and well-rounded learning experiences. This is our foundation and how the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu will continue to be taught by the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute. The certification program is no substitute for years of Jin Shin Jyutsu classes, study with multiple instructors, and years of experience. It is intended to be a specific answer to a specific need in institutional health care settings.

The new certification program is limited in size to about 30 participants each cycle. It is more costly than the 5-day seminar and involves a substantial commitment of time and energy. There will be homework, papers, assessments, and other demands on the participant’s time. Many practitioners will not be interested nor feel the need for certification at this time. In the state of New Jersey, for instance, certification gives no legal advantage to the practitioner. In New Jersey it is only useful in specific settings such as a hospital where it might be required.

Of course, we do anticipate a time in the future where certification will be useful or essential in many states and situations. If our new certification program is successful, it will be expanded and there will be accessibility to certification to our practitioners that will be affordable, will recognize years of experience, and will be able to measure competency. This can be designed after this first phase of our own learning and experience with the new certification program.

For those of you with concerns about your insurance through ABMP, please be assured that nothing has changed for you. Your insurance is based upon your hours of class attendance.

Please return to this site to view upcoming posts with more news and answers to your questions. Thank you!

David Burmeister and the Certification Program team

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